The future Hall-of-Famer who has won world titles in four different divisions will fight for the last time against 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali, exclusively live on BoxNation.
The 37 year old Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) has seen better years, but the aging veteran who promised to retire after his December bought against Sadam Ali wants to go out with a bang and put on an impressive win against a younger unsafe opponent.
Post fight Miguel Cotto would go on to say that he picked up a bicep injury in round seven of the contest, but reaffirmed that this would be his last fight and looks forward to spending more time at home with his family.
Ali now buries his March 2016 knockout defeat to Jessie Vargas, improving to 26 wins, 1 defeat, 14 knockouts, while Cotto supposedly bows out from the sport for good, with his decorated career closing with 41 wins, 6 defeats, 33 knockouts. But Ali really came on strong in the second half of the fight, after Cotto said he hurt his left biceps in the seventh round.
After twelve rounds of boxing the judges went with Ali via unanimous decision with scores of 115-113×2 & 116-112 to cause the upset victory much to the shock of the Madison Square Garden Arena.
"I am going to be a warrior and do my best for the benefit of my family, as always", he said.
"I don't want to make excuses", he said. "I'm so glad to call Madison Square Garden my home".
Ali did a fine job, not just outboxing Cotto, but doing the more damage, staggering Cotto with a straight right to the jaw in the 2nd, with a left hook to the temple in the 4th, and with another left hook in the 11th. They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted too.
"I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds", Ali said.
"Good things happen to good people", Ali said. Cotto charged as Ali recovered at the ropes, but it looked as if the fight had turned.
Cotto had received a thunderous ovation when he entered the ring, and they were chanting his name as he left, proud but defeated.
The sixth round shifted the momentum into Cotto's favor for the first time in the fight, but he didn't get to enjoy it for long.
Cotto, meanwhile, leaves boxing with a legacy that can't be tarnished by this loss.
He was also beaten once by Margarito, while his other defeats came at the hands of American Floyd Mayweather, Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Cotto's trainer, the great Freddie Roach, believes his fighter would have been up for such a challenge against either man but is now ready to deal with what is in front of him. Ali beat him and took his WBO junior middleweight belt. Yet, it was Vargas who looked the worse when they left the ring. Ali said. "I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count".